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Activities > Green Infrastructure for People & Environment

Green Infrastructure for People & Environment
(Side event of the XV World Forestry Congress)
4 May 2022
Seoul, Korea

This workshop was conducted successfully on 4 May 2022 during the XV World Forestry Congress. It was jointly organized by National Institute of Forest Science, Republic of Korea (NIFoS) and Asia Pacific Association of Forestry Research Institutions (APAFRI). It took place in hybrid format in which the participants could attend physically and also online. The participants were mainly researchers who were involved in the field of urban forestry.

The welcoming address was delivered by Dr. Seok Woo Lee Director General Forest Environment & Conservation Department of NIFoS. He welcomed the participants and thanked the speakers for attending the event. He stressed the importance of re-examining the role of urban forests in the era of climate crisis by integrating academic disciplines such as urban meteorology, atmospheric science, and soil environment science, and to seek ways to utilize urban forests as a sink of greenhouse gases. He hoped that the meeting would serve as a cornerstone for building a strong network to expand green infrastructure in major cities worldwide.

Dr. Su Young Woo, President of Korean Society of Forest Science, and Dr. Mark Majewsky, Supervisory Forester of Northern Research Station of USDA Forest Service delivered congratulatory remarks for the workshop. They urged the attendees to take this opportunity to build up relationships and extend the network for future collaborations.

The keynote speech was delivered by Prof. Sujong Jeong from Seoul National University. He explained that the climate crisis is an unavoidable reality but at least urban forests are mitigating climate change, and urban forests will serve as a buffer so that humans can adapt to the climate crisis. Dr. Satoshi Hirabayashi from Davey Institute of USDA Forest Service introduced the development process of Korean i-Tree Module, a tool for economically evaluating the value of urban forests, and stated that Korea will take the lead in urban forest value evaluation.

Dr. Chan Ryul Park of NIFoS introduced the research findings on the function of urban forests as a carbon sink. Prof. Chang Eui Park of Korea Institute of Science and Technology has spoken about the importance of urban forests in megacities in preparing for the extremely hot heat wave. Furthermore, Prof. Hang Su of Max Plank Institute of Chemistry Germany raised the necessity of research on the interaction of vegetation-air quality and urban forest management because volatile organic compounds generated in urban forests affect air quality and human health.

The panel discussion on Direction and Perspective on EANUF was moderated by Prof. Gayoung Yoo of Kyung Hee University. The panellists were Ms. Alexis Ellis of USDA Forest Service, Prof. Hyun Seok Kim and Prof. Seok Woo Son of Seoul National University.

In his wrap-up message, Dr. Im Kyun Lee of NIFoS emphasised the importance of urban forest and green infrastructure in creating a more liveable environment for human and all lives around urban areas. He also expressed his appreciation to the speakers and participants for this fruitful meeting.

Updated on 29 July 2022

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